San Diego Unified is overwhelmed by troubles. But Superintendent Cindy Marten is unwilling to publicly confront the problems that parents and students have to deal with every day.
That’s Scott Lewis’ conclusion in a new column that takes stock of Unified and what ails it. The list of head-scratches and scandals is staggering.
The school system’s financials don’t make sense. The district has more employees, fewer students but somehow the class sizes are not smaller. The school district collected billions to repair schools, but buildings are in worse shape.
Some of the schools most in need of strong leadership still don’t have it. The district drug its feet finding a principal for one school that badly needed one.
And on and on. The district is stuck in denial or playing defense. Lewis ties it all together — Marten has been on the job for four years and the central tension present when she took office is still dominant, he writes.
• Speaking of Problems: District lawyers rushed to court to stop the College Board from invalidating hundreds of Advanced Placement tests the Board says the district improperly administered. If the legal move fails, students will have to retake the tests.